Friday, 13 November 2015

EBMA Youth Scholarships for 2016

We are pleased to announce the first EBMA Youth Scholarships for 2016. They go to 15 years old Evan Lyons from Ireland and Tabitha Agnew, 17 years old, from the United Kingdom. Both submitted applications and samples of their music which were assessed by the EBMA Board who then made the awards.

Evan Lyons & Tabitha Agnew
Evan and Tabitha have both requested to go to the Sore Fingers Summer School which will be held during the week of  Easter 2016 at Kingham Hill School, which is near Oxford in the UK. Sore Fingers is a very well established teaching camp which has been running for twenty years. It accommodates over three hundred students for six days of intensive tuition with teachers from the USA for Bluegrass and Old Time Music.
Sore Fingers Summer School
Tabitha will study banjo with Ron Block, best known as the banjo player in Alison Krauss and Union Station, while Evan will study with Greg Cahill the leader of the band Special Consensus. So two great musicians to pass on their knowledge to these two young musicians.

Evan and Tabitha show great promise for the future, they come from musical families who greatly support them in there ambitions. Tabitha plays with her brothers in the band Cup O’Joe* which is already gaining fans at festivals and concerts. Evan is catching up and has played as a guest with the Niall Toner Band and JigJam**

EBMA is delighted to have been able to award scholarships to these young and talented musicians.

* An EBMA Blog article about Cup O'Joe from September 2014

**An EBMA Blog article about JigJam's debit CD 'Oh Boy!'